The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 11, 2014

A new country

The Daily Item

— I’ve been thinking it would be great to start a new country and leave behind the mess the world is in. I guess we’d have to find an island that’s uninhabited. The country would belong to its citizens and be called “My Country.”

We would have to have a constitution and a few laws, but keep it simple. Small businesses, fishing and farming would be encouraged. However, My Country would need some industry to support its citizens. Something to export that every other country needs, may be books. Some titles might be “Reasonable Thinking,” “The meaning of the golden rule,” “How to win wars with words,” “Peace in our Times,” “Your God, my God, his God, they are really all the same,” “Think before you speak,” and a book of famous quotes like Winston Churchill’s, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak and courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen,” and John F. Kennedy “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

The laws would be simple, like immigrants are welcome as long as they have a job or are independently wealthy. However, immigrants must assimilate into society or be deported, no exceptions. Complete freedom of and from religion guaranteed. However, religion is personal, yours is yours and you may not promote it or infringe on others’ beliefs.

Recreational drugs will not be tolerated, all users and distributors will be deported, no exceptions. Elections for president and members of a five-person legislature would occur every five years. Political parties are banned, each candidate would present their ideas and win by popular vote. Pay would be equal to the average of the citizen’s income with 25 percent more for the president. All officials may serve two terms only. However, they could be elected again if out of office for 10 years.

Anyone attempting to act as a lobbyist would be deported, no exceptions. Police and firemen are appointed by the legislature and paid equal to the legislature. Judges will be appointed by the president and their pay to be equal to the president. Anyone convicted for a second criminal offence and murderers will be deported, no exceptions.

There will be no army bases, domestic or foreign. We will ensure our safety by close alliances with countries that promote personal freedom, like the United States, Canada, and most of Europe. It’s sad, but we would need a substantial coast guard to keep the nuts and pirates away. Taxes will be kept as low as possible and be based on all income with no deductions. Foreign investments will be allowed with taxes levied on all profits, no deductions. All persons employed by foreign investments must be citizens of My Country. Tourism will be encouraged, however all facilities must be managed and operated by citizens of My Country. Education K-12 is mandatory to graduation or 18 years old. The curriculum will be developed by university education professors.

Carlyle W. Westlund,